Both cleverdude (parts one, two, and three) and Fabulously Broke in the City have been talking about what they could give up if push came to shove–luxuries, necessities, etc. I recently gave something up through sheer cheapness and laziness.
Since I was 11 or 12, I’ve had a problem with acne. I went through a particularly rough patch in my teen years–horrible in retrospect–and went on all kinds of medications to tame my face.
I went off prescriptions a few years back and have just been using CVS’s Clearasil knockoff…err, generic…(the benzoyl peroxide one) to keep things under control. Sometimes I used a moisturizer, depending on what the acne cream did to my skin.
I ran out a couple weeks ago and was just too lazy/cheap/frugal/something to pick up another tube. And you know what? I haven’t noticed a difference. My skin has pretty much settled down (though those who’ve met me can attest to the subtle scarring *sigh*). I think it’s actually pretty healthy as long as it’s not having various creams rubbed all over it.
I use a simple CVS knockoff (generic) of Dove Sensitive Skin moisturizing soap or somesuch to clean it in the mornings and evenings. Periodically, I grab Mr. Micah’s tube of the same acne cream (he’s got much better skin, but it seems to do ok for him) and use it.
Everything seems fine so far.
Acne cream probably would have gone on the list of things I could give up in an emergency. As it turns out, I don’t need it anyway.
This week consider looking at the little things in your life which you can live without but thought were helpful. Reevaluate them. Let me know if you come up with anything similar!
P.S. Wouldn’t it be ironic if my face reads this and stages a rebellion?